Managing editor Steve DeVane resigns
    September 11 2009 by BR Staff

    Steve DeVane, managing editor of the Biblical Recorder since January 1997, has resigned to pursue other interests.

    DeVane, who collaborated with Eddie Hammett and Randy Pierce on the book Making Shifts without Making Waves to be released in October, is a journalist of long standing, certified personal coach and active churchman. He is a graduate of Campbell University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    “Steve’s experience, wit, diligence and insight have been an asset to the Recorder and for North Carolina Baptists for almost 13 years,” said Norman Jameson, Biblical Recorder editor. “Steve served faithfully, speaking his mind in private and presenting the facts for the public”

    BR photo by Norman Jameson

    Steve DeVane

    DeVane, hired at the Recorder by editor Gene Puckett, served also with Puckett’s successor Tony Cartledge before Cartledge retired to teach at Campbell University.

    DeVane reported for several eastern North Carolina newspapers before joining the Recorder, most recently for the Fayetteville Observer. He started his Baptist reporting career during an era of denominational turmoil.

    “When I came to the Biblical Recorder I had been covering the military for the Fayetteville Observer,” DeVane said. “Some of my colleagues jokingly told me then that it wouldn’t be much different since Baptists were always fighting. While there have been plenty of controversies, there have also been many joyful events and I did my best to help the Recorder report on both with integrity and insight.

    “I am blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to be the Recorder’s managing editor. During my tenure I always sought to live up to the Baptist journalist’s adage to “tell the truth and trust the people.”

    DeVane, who kept living in the Dunn area throughout his time at the Recorder, had nearly a one-hour commute each way. He figures he spent more than seven months behind the wheel, driving to and from work. While he didn’t always enjoy the drive, he said, “I almost always enjoyed the work.”

    “I continue to hold the Recorder staff in high regard and pray that God will continue to bless them and their ministry,” DeVane said. “I pray the Recorder will continue to uphold the high ideals of a free press for Baptists in North Carolina and around the world.”

    In addition to helping promote the new book Making Shifts Without Making Waves, DeVane will concentrate on his coaching practice, a nutrition and wellness business and other writing interests.

    “Steve will be an asset wherever he applies himself in the future,” said Jameson.

    9/11/2009 7:31:00 AM by BR Staff | with 7 comments

Michael Smith

As the current chairperson of the [i]Biblical Recorder[/i] Board of Directors, I want to express my gratitude for your service to the Lord and North Carolina Baptists through the [i]Recorder[/i]. For 13 years you served the Lord, and us, by providing clear, concise reporting on the news and events important to North Carolina Baptists. All the things you had to report were not fun, but you carried out your assignments with much Grace and Christian witness.

My prayer is that God will lead you to the "next thing" in your Kingdom work. We do appreciate all you have done for the Kingdom through the [i]Recorder[/i] and look forward, with you, to what God has in mind for the future.

Blessings on you and your family.

Michael Smith
Fruitland Baptist Church
9/18/2009 10:33:51 AM

Phil Stone
Thanks, Steve, for your significant contribution to NC Baptist.
We'll miss your good work.
I'm particularly humbled and grateful for the article you wrote on my ministry as State Sunday School Director at the Baptist State Convention. I appreciate the way you "told my story".
God's blessing on you in your new ministry venture.
Your brother,
Phil Stone
9/16/2009 9:08:48 AM

John Pond
Steve, I wish you God's blessing. I have enjoyed working with you (on Board of Directors and as a Sunday School writer) and cannot imagine the BR without your talents and encouragement. You will be greatly missed!
9/14/2009 9:59:50 AM

Steve DeVane

Thanks for the kind words and the encouragement. I hope to see you around in the future.


I appreciate your comments and join you in praying for the Recorder. And, since I was using about 100 gallons of gas a month going back and forth to the Recorder offices, I expect I'll end up saving some money in that area.

Dr. Babb,

Your statements mean a lot to me, especially coming from someone who served the Recorder so well on its board. I was honored and blessed to serve N.C. Baptists through the Recorder and look forward to whatever comes next.

Thank you all!

9/13/2009 12:28:08 AM

Joe Babb
North Carolina Baptists and beyond have been blessed by the talents and person of Steve Devane and I regret to hear of his resignation. Having served on the Recorder's Board of Directors, I came to know Steve and his work first hand. He has carried out his duties with distiction, restpect and honesty. There is no way to measure adequately his contribution to achieving the mission of the Biblical Recorder. I will miss his by-lines and hope to hear from him through the channel(s) the Lord opens for him. Thank you Steve for a job well done!
9/12/2009 9:52:35 AM

Gene Scarborough
Steve will be greatly missed for his insightful reporting and commentary.

Good luck in your future work. With the price of gas, I hope it is close to home!!

I shall pray the BR finds someone with equal or greater integrity and truth-speaking.
9/12/2009 9:50:06 AM

I have the highest regard for you Steve both personally and prfoessionally. You have served both NC Baptists and our Lord well.

Good luck in all future endeavors, keep in touch, and God Bless!
9/11/2009 7:45:23 PM

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